Fear

There have been so many things I almost didn’t do because of fear.

So many opportunities to use my God given gifts and abilities, I came so close to saying no. I was afraid I wouldn’t be good enough, afraid I would fail.

I was relying on my own strength and abilities. On my own I will fail.

Sometimes God called us to impossible things, because He is a possible God.

GOD gives us our gifts and abilities, He gives us what we need when we rely on Him.

The world’s standard of success is not God’s. God doesn’t care so much about the end result; He works in the process. That is where we learn to trust.

“Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”

-Psalm 63:3-8

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Be a Helper

There have been so many recent tragedies, far away and close to home.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the hopelessness of where the world is going, or get angry at the hate in other people.

But something I have been thinking about lately is how God calls us as the Church to respond.

I believe that God wants us to love, care for, and walk with those that are hurting. To be His hands and feet. To share the Hope that we have in Jesus.

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 

-1 Peter 3:8-9

God knows best, and His timing is perfect.

“Why God?”

“Why is or isn’t this happening?”

“Have You forgotten about me?”

I am so quick to complain about what I don’t have, and I’m so quick to forget what God has done and who He is.

I wont always know the answers or what’s next. That’s just how life works.

Good news; God is faithful. That’s who He is, He cannot go back on His word. He has promised to always be with us. No matter what.

That should be enough. When life is crazy and uncertain, I have the creator of the universe as my best friend! He is all knowing, and He loves me more than I can imagine. So I can rest believing that He knows what is best for me, and that He will take care of me.

I guess that’s really all I need to know.

When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lead them by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near. For God said, “Lest the people change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.” But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle.

-Exodus 13:17-18

Respond

It’s so easy to blame others for my faults, mistakes, or hurts.

while sometimes other people play a role in those things, it’s not completely their fault. I play a role in it too.

I can react in hate, or from my place of hurt. but that doesn’t do anyone any good, it only keeps hurting people, and ourselves. It’s like locking ourselves in a prison cell!

But when I RESPOND, I can treat others how God has called me to. With love, grace, mercy, kindness, and forgiveness. Especially when they don’t deserve it.

No one can make you do anything, whether in hate or love. What you do is a choice that YOU make.

So please, let’s choose to be kind. The world could use a lot more love.

“A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.”

-Proverbs 18:19